Failed to make it to the semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, then Muhammad Zohri revealed the reason: Okezone Sports

TOKYO – Sprinter Indonesia, Then Muhammad Zohri, failed to advance to the semifinals of the men’s 100 m in athletics Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 21-year-old runner revealed a number of causes, one of which was mental problems.

Zohri, who was appearing for the first time at the Olympics, went down in heat four. He had to settle for finishing fifth after posting a 10.26 second time deficit.

South Africa’s Gift Leotlela was the fastest with a time of 10.04 seconds, followed by China’s Bingtian Su (10.05 seconds), Jason Rogers of the Saint Christopher & Navis Federation (10.21 seconds) who finally advanced to the semifinals from heat four.

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To the NOC Indonesia Media Team, Zohri admitted that he was not satisfied with his performance in Tokyo. However, the man who won the men’s 100m number at the 2018 U-20 World Championships in Finland admitted that he still has high ambitions, running to break the record time of under 10 seconds.

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“This is a lesson for me. Hopefully in the future I can be more enthusiastic. I am grateful to be able to represent Indonesia at the Olympics. I am grateful for the support of the Indonesian people. I hope that in the future I can perform better and give achievements to Indonesia,” said Zohri after the race.

“I myself feel that I have not been optimal, maybe because of mental (factors) as well and there is a slight problem with the starting block,” he continued.

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In the field trial session, Zohri previously admitted that he still needed to adapt the starting block at the Olympic Stadium. This is because the starting block which is usually used during practice in Jakarta is different from the one used in the Olympics.

“Actually the preparations are lacking because (US coach) Harry Marra has also only arrived less than a month. So I can only improve my starting technique a little bit,” said Zohri.

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Eni Nurani’s coach said that she learned valuable lessons at the Olympics. Moreover, he can run on the same track with the mega stars Leotlela and Su. Zohri is actually targeted to reach his peak performance at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Of course I am grateful to be able to run with them. Hopefully in the future I can compete and beat them, “said Zohri.

“For now the start must be improved. What needs to be evaluated may be a matter of starting, accelerating and maintaining speed. Hopefully I can qualify and excel in Paris,” concluded the sprinter from Lombok.

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